Archive for October, 2011

What do you get when you combine ladies, shopping and Livermore Valley wine? The Ladies Lipstick Wine Tour taking place on November 5th. Catch some of your favorite Livermore Valley Wineries in The Lipstick Tour: Ladies Day Out! Join Les Chenes, McGrail Vineyards, Nottingham Cellars, Rodrigue Molneaux and Retzlaff for a special “ladies” tasting event. The day will be filled with jewelry, makeup, art, and much more including special wine discounts. Make your way to 4+ wineries and be entered into a raffle for great prizes. Each winery will be charging a $5 dollar tasting fee, although no tickets are required.  So round up the girls, head out to the wine country and make this a Saturday you won’t forget.

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The Tri-Valley CVB is offering an enticing Winter Weekend Getaway promotion for travelers.

Don’t let winter and rainy weather get you down. Winter is a perfect time to visit Tri-Valley. Cooler weather means a return of the lush green hills, beautiful colors in the vineyards and fewer crowds too. The Tri-Valley CVB has just announced a Winter Weekend Getaway promotion that offers a $50 Visa card for visitors who book weekend stays at participating hotels in Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon and Danville.

Here’s the scoop:

Visitors who book a weekend stay—Friday and/or Saturday night(s)—at a participating Tri-Valley hotel from November 1, 2011- January 31, 2012 must fill out the request form on the Tri-Valley CVB website to be eligible. Guests will receive the Visa card upon hotel check in. For more information, or to request the Visa card for a qualifying overnight stay, please visit: http://www.trivalleycvb.com/winter/.

Conveniently located within a one-hour drive from three major San Francisco Bay Area airports (SFO, OAK, SJC), Tri-Valley is an affordable travel destination known for its stunning wine country. The Tri-Valley CVB’s Winter Weekend Getaway promotion is just in time for several of the region’s most popular events, taking place during the winter months— much to the delight of foodies and wine lovers. Winter Weekend Getaway Visa cards are the perfect addition to a Tri-Valley weekend stay during Holidays in the Vineyards and Taste of Tri-Valley Restaurant Week.

A few perfect options for using the Winter Weekend Getaway gift card right here in Tri-Valley:

Holidays in the Vineyards

A favorite wine country tradition by the Livermore Winegrowers Association, Holiday in the Vineyards, showcases local wines and tasting rooms with a festive holiday atmosphere. Artisan vendors, wine discounts and special activities at each wineries provide a unique, intimate way to experience the historic wine region during the winter months. This is an admission free event, but tasting fees may apply and vary by location.

Holiday shopping in charming downtowns

Take the stress out of holiday shopping by shopping in one of Tri-Valley’s tree-lined downtowns. Find the perfect, thoughtful gifts for family and friends in a gallery, boutique or artisan shop in the downtowns of Pleasanton, Livermore and Danville. Enjoy a day of holiday shopping with free parking and a relaxing pace. Downtown businesses are open for business all winter, but Pleasanton Downtown Association and Livermore Downtown Inc. are teaming to kick off the holiday shopping season the week before Thanksgiving with, Earlier than the Bird—a special event with in-store deals and free gifts, happening Saturday, November 19 from 7 am to noon.

Taste of Tri-Valley Restaurant Week, happening January 22-30, 2012.

Taste of Tri-Valley Restaurant Week

From upscale wine country restaurants to charming downtown cafés and innovative local favorites, visitors to Tri-Valley can explore the region’s diverse culinary offerings without breaking the bank during Taste of Tri-Valley Restaurant Week, happening January 22-30, 2012. The eight-day celebration is part of California Restaurant Month and provides food lovers the opportunity to dine at Tri-Valley’s vibrant and distinctive eateries for a fraction of the normal expense. More than 25 restaurants are expected to participate in this year’s Taste of Tri-Valley.

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The Single Vineyard Series Cabernets will be showcased at an evening of food & wine pairings

The Steven Kent Winery  continues its 2011 Winemaker Pairings Series on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 with a food and wine walk-a-bout. The evening features The Steven Kent Winery’s Single Vineyard Series Cabernets and the artfully crafted pairings of Chef Neil Marquis of Marquis Catering, and formerly of Eddie Papa’s in Pleasanton.

This event will take place in the Barrel Room where guests can casually stroll from station to station tasting the tempting pairings of food and the highly-regarded Single Vineyard Series wines.

Wondering just what kind of pairings to expect? Check out these descriptions:

First Station

2008 Home Ranch Cabernet, Livermore Valley
Cabernet Beef Bourguignon over Black Pepper Pasta with a Cabernet infused Sour Cream

Second Station

2008 Smith Ranch Cabernet, Livermore Valley
Cabernet-marinated and Smoked Flank Steak with Chimichuri Sauce on Sourdough Crostini

Third Station

2008 Ghielmetti Vineyard Cabernet, Livermore Valley
Mini Pulled Pork Sliders with Cabernet, Black Cherry BBQ Sauce and Cajun Coleslaw

Dessert Station

Steven Kent Cabernet Port
Coconut Black Bottom Cupcakes

This ultimate evening of food & wine pairings is scheduled for Wednesday, October 26. Reservations are required as this event is an intimate occasion limited to 50 guests. The cost is $55 per person for the general public and $50 per person for Steven Kent or La Rochelle club members. Call 925-243-6442 to reserve your spot.

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